Well, now that I am an EXPERT on OMNI VI command set (yeah, RIGHT!) I can
tell you there is simply nothing to it. I wrote a Visual BASIC program that
is a simple software controller for the OMNI. In the code I have a function
that converts from BCD to HEX to ASCII and back. Once you have the beast
tamed down and the bugs cleared out, it works without much effort. Now, as
for the stability of tuning, I am about to do battle with TT over the silly
little quirks I see... Things like a valid freq being put into the command
buffer, and the return from the xcvr of a freq something like F.EEF.EAB ..
I have even on a couple of occasions been able to get alpha characters to
pop up on the Omni display (it seems to like the letter P a lot...) I am
sure it is a problem in my code, or, in the handshaking between my PC and
the rig. I hope TT's technical support department is as responsive to
software issues as they are to hardware issues.. We shall see.... As for
TRLog (I am NOT familiar with the program itself) I can only assume that
the author doesn't want to take on the OMNI BCD command set for whatever
reason.. The good news is, you only need to write it once, it seems to be
the same command set for all of the Omni family...
At 08:12 AM 10/7/99 , Steve Bookout wrote:
>If commands are available to access the needed features of both the Omni
>and the Kenwood, then both are really fine. What I personally see is that
>the Kenwood command set is done in ASCII, not binary, and is a bit
>'quicker' to understand. You can troubleshoot a Kenwood easily with any
>communications program and an available com port.
>And, the Kenwood command set does not change from rig to rig, as Icoms and
>Yaesu's are prone to do. This a most frustrating thing.
>Bottom line is Kenwood command sets are easy to look at and understand, if
>you are a person with average intelligence. I think, for the most part,
>that all different brands can be made to work, it just is more time
>consuming work with some.
>However, I have found that for some rigs, really needed commands (like
>setting split on/off) have been left out of the RS 232 command set
>entirely. I can only believe this was an accidental omission, since they
>may appear in previous and later versions.
>These are my own observations and opinions.
>73 de Steve, NR4M
>At 07:44 AM 10/07/1999 , Steve Baron - KB3MM wrote:
>>A little confusing..
>>Is TRLog saying they will not support the oMNI VI ? And TT should make it
>>like the 850 ?
>>From: Dale L. Martin <email@example.com>
>>To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
>>Date: October 07, 1999 12:28 PM
>>Subject: Re: RE: [TenTec] Pegasus Programmin Specification, Downloadable
>> > Software is a main product of Ten Tec, has
>> >>been for some time.
>> >Larry, et al,
>> >It's been a product of their hardware for some time. I'm not
>> >sure it might be viewed (even by them?) as a "main" product.
>> >Larry Tyree, N6TR, writer of TRLog contest logging software has
>> >for a long, long time wished Ten-Tec would change their code.
>> >Witness this recent (last night) posting of his reply to a TRLog
>> >> I am really enjoying the enhanced control that TRLog gives me
>> >with my
>> >> newly-acquired TS-850 compared to my Omni VI. One thing that I
>> >> noticed, though, is that when I am in the S&P mode and use the
>> >shift keys
>> >> to change frequency, the rig makes annoying "beeps", which make
>> >> difficult to hear the signals you are trying to tune in. Is
>> >there some way
>> >> to turn this off on the 850, or is it a TRLog "feature"?
>> >You need to disable the beeps in the 850. I forget if it is a
>> >volume control inside the radio that you need to turn down - or
>> >if it can be disabled with one of the menus.
>> >At least that is better than having to put a piece of black tape
>> >the front panel of the Yaesu radios!
>> >About the Omni VI - I still wish TenTec would adopt the Kenwood
>> >as an option. It isn't that hard to implement two command sets
>> >let the user decide. This would open to door up to making the
>> >VI play with TR Log as well as the 850.
>> >Apparently, there are things in software that can and cannot be
>> >done with the firmware the Omni VI contains. It is a bit
>> >disconcerting to see and hear about the 'other guys' ability to
>> >do things and the Omni VI can't (Shift keys have no effect on my
>> >Omni VI). I guess we're back to the "better receiver"
>> >dale, kg5u
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